Security - Tips for Creating and Using Passwords

Whether you manage one account or many, follow these tips for creating and using passwords safely.

  • Make each account password unique and substantially different than either current or previous passwords.
  • Do not use the same password for multiple accounts.
  • Do not reuse passwords.
  • Do not share passwords.
  • Do not provide passwords to others.
  • Verify the site prior to entering your credentials.
  • Do not use patterns or sequences in the passwords which would make it easy to guess new passwords.  For example, TreeLeave1, TreeLeave2, etc.This is important in scenarios where a password that was compromised over a year ago, and may not be the current password for the account, but there is a sequence or pattern which would make it easy for a cyber criminal to guess the current password.
  • Monitor the activity of your accounts.  If you feel that your account may have been compromised, change your password as soon as practical.
  • Use multiple forms of authentication (often referred to as multi-factor authentication, two-factor authentication. or two-step verification) whenever possible.  Using this process will require you to provide multiple forms of identification to complete authentication and gain access to the system.  This process greatly reduces the risk of unauthorized use of a single credential, as the cyber criminal will need access to all required forms of authentication in order to gain access to your account.

If you have questions, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 608.342.1400 or  You may also visit the Help Desk on the first floor of the Karrmann Library.

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Keywords:safe unique breach prevent credentials username share two multi factor authentication   Doc ID:95489
Owner:Deb M.Group:UW Platteville
Created:2019-10-31 16:21 CDTUpdated:2021-09-22 14:45 CDT
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